EVERYTHING EVERGREENS (FOX SPORTS WAUSAU-WSAU) D.C. Everest and Wausau-West both know what it feels like to lose a 7-run lead. Both teams have mounted late inning comebacks against the other this season. Everest's 9-7 win yesterday is better than West's 12-8 win earlier in the season. Here's why:
There's a difference between a comeback and giving a game away. In the Evergreens earlier loss to the Warriors, they gave the game away. Everests defense which has been so-so all year had a total meltdown. Everest committed 8 errors, including four miscues in the 10 th inning when West put the game out of reach.
The Evergreens earned their comeback yesterday. Five of their nine hits game in their rally innings, and 8 of their 9 runs were earned. It was timely hitting that fueled the 5-run rally in the 6 th and the 4-run rally in the 7 th .
(To be fair, West also made mistakes that cost them runs. Garrett Hohns balk in the 6 th cost his team a run, and there was in infield error that led to the game-tying run.) Evergreen's coach Dave Langbehn pushed the right buttons, especially with his pitching staff. He had a quick hook for Austin Solomon and Bryce Hines, and stuck with Austin Behrens who threw strikes and kept the game from getting out of control. West coach Eric Green left himself open to second-guessing for leaving starter John Metzinger in too long, and for going to sophmore Garrett Hohn in the 6th inning.
Today the Evergreens have a non-conference opponent today. The Lakeland Thunderbirds are 12-4, and two of those losses are to 16-1 Antigo. It'll be a good test in the home-stretch of the regular season. Live game coverage begins at 4:45pm on AM-1390 FM-93.9.